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United Nations Report Scolds Countries for Cannabis Legalization

March 12, 2018
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The United Nations International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) recently issued its 2017 annual report, and the takeaway with regard to cannabis is clear: The INCB is deeply concerned with the spread of adult-use legalization.

Countries pursuing legalization are acting in 'clear violation' of the UN's 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, says the International Narcotics Control Board.

The report contains stern warnings, accusing countries like Uruguay of acting in “clear violation” of global drug control accords.

The Board, which monitors compliance with international drug control treaties, is made up of individuals, not U.N. member states. That’s meant to protect it from political pressure. The Board’s charter also stipulates, however, that it must include individuals with “medical, pharmacological or pharmaceutical experience.” That means Big Pharma is well represented, while advocates for cannabis legalization—whether medical or adult-use—have no seat at the table.

International drug control treaties, signed by most member states decades ago, are meant to prohibit the proliferation and non-medical use of of dangerous drugs. Cannabis is specifically covered under most of the treaties.

However, in recent years countries like Uruguay have legalized and regulated the non-medical use of cannabis. Canada is planning to legalize later this year. In the United States, nine states and the District of Columbia have implemented some form of adult-use legalization.

That does not sit well with the INCB. “Governments and jurisdictions in North America have continued to pursue policies with respect to the legalization of the use of cannabis for non-medical purposes, in violation of the 1961 Convention as amended,” states the Board’s 2017 report.

Warnings to Uruguay, Jamaica

The Board strongly cautioned Uruguay, which legalized cannabis nationally in 2013, and currently sells cannabis in pharmacies, that the nation is “acting in clear violation” of the drug treaties.

“The limitation of the use of controlled substances to medicinal and scientific purposes is a fundamental principle to which no derogation is permitted under the 1961 Convention as amended,” the INCB report says.

The U.N. board members also criticized Jamaica for legalizing cannabis for religious use three years ago. Cannabis is considered a religious sacrament among adherents of the Rastafarian religion. Rastafarians take their spiritual name from Ras Tafari Makonnen Woldemikael, (Emperor Haile Selassie I, of Ethiopia). Selassie is considered a direct descendent of King Solomon.

While the U.N. claims to promote global religious tolerance, the INCB strongly disagrees with the religious nature of the rasta cannabis ceremony.

“The Board reminds the Government of Jamaica, and all other parties, that under article 4, paragraph (c), of the 1961 Convention as amended, only the medical and scientific use of cannabis is authorized, and that use for any other purposes, including religious, is not permitted,” the report states.

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Wagging a Finger at the US and Canada

Sternly-worded admonishments were also issued to North American member states, suggesting that their state and national policies provided a gateway for drug traffickers.

Cannabis decriminalization has led organized criminal groups to focus on manufacturing other illegal drugs, says the report. (But isn't that a good thing?)

“The situation pertaining to cannabis cultivation and trafficking in North America continues to be in flux, owing to the widening scope of personal non-medical use schemes in force in certain constituent states of the United States,” the report said. “The decriminalization of cannabis has apparently led organized criminal groups to focus on manufacturing and trafficking other illegal drugs, such as heroin.”

It is unclear why the INCB considers that to be a harmful turn of events. It has been well documented that organized criminal groups have shifted to trafficking other drugs because trafficking cannabis is no longer as profitable.

The INCB report confirms that medical marijuana is permitted under international drug control conventions. Member states, the report said, are expected to keep a tight lid on their medical marijuana programs to “ensure that cannabis is prescribed by competent medical practitioners according to sound medical practice, and based on sound scientific evidence.”

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No Homegrow, Says the Board

The Board drew the line at home grown cannabis, though, arguing that the international conventions do not allow medical marijuana patients to cultivate the plant for personal use.

The bylaws of those conventions, the INCB said, “require [member] states providing for the use of cannabis for medical purposes to establish a national cannabis agency to control, supervise and license its cultivation.

The report continued:

“Such agencies must designate the areas in which the cultivation of cannabis is permitted, ensure the licensing of producers; purchase and take physical possession of stocks, and maintain a monopoly on wholesale trading and maintaining stocks.”

“States must take measures to prohibit the unauthorized cultivation of cannabis plants, to seize and destroy illicit crops, and to prevent the misuse of and trafficking in cannabis. Similarly, the Board wishes to draw the attention of all Governments to its previously stated position that personal cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes is inconsistent with the 1961 Convention as amended because, inter alia, it heightens the risk of diversion.”

The Board also went after Canada.

“The Board notes with concern that, in Canada, draft legislation intended to authorize and regulate the nonmedical consumption of cannabis was introduced in the House of Commons in April 2017,” the report stated. “As the Board has repeatedly stated, if passed into law, provisions of Bill C-45, which permit the non-medical and non-scientific use of cannabis would be incompatible with the obligations assumed by Canada under the 1961 Convention as amended.”

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Warning the UK but not Portugal

In the past, the INCB has taken aim at Great Britain for rescheduling cannabis, claiming it would have “worldwide repercussions.”

Guetaras led decrim in Portugal. (Photo: U.N.)

“The reclassification of cannabis by the Government of the United Kingdom would undermine the efforts of the Governments of African countries to counter illicit cannabis cultivation, trafficking, and abuse,” the INCB warned. “That action, it was held, sent the wrong message, and could lead to the increased cultivation of cannabis destined for the United Kingdom and other European countries,” their previous report stated.

Curiously though, the Board did not follow suit in criticizing Portugal, which was not mentioned in the new report, despite having completely decriminalized all forms of drug use. The current U.N. Secretary-General, Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres, is Portuguese, and served as the country’s prime minister when decriminalization was enacted.

Like several other U.N. “governing bodies,” the INCB does not have the staffing or authority to enforce their directives. They function in a mostly advisory, quasi-judicial capacity.

Technically, there is the possibility of another country bringing Canada or Uruguay before the International Court of Justice. Additionally, legalization could theoretically impede either country’s opportunity for a seat on the United Nations Security Council—although either scenario is unlikely.

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Sara Brittany Somerset

New York-based reporter and photographer Sara Brittany Somerset has covered cannabis culture for 15 years. She has been the U.N. Bureau Chief for High Times, and occasionally works from remote places like Timbuktu.

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  • @x

    I’m usually a pretty firm believer in the UN but as it pertains to copyright and Cannabis they can go pound salt

  • Cowtown

    With all the problems in the world, the UN is worried about Cannabis – what a joke!

    • PhatB01

      They took Alcohol out of prohibition but has more damaging effects than marijuana. What a joke the united nations is.

    • mikemiracle

      Somebody is collecting big bucks from the alcohol companies. Its plain to see.
      Criminals think everyone is as stupid as they are. Lets chastise the use of a NON-Narcotic.
      Businesses that oppose cannabis::
      Alcohol
      Pharmaceutical/Medical
      Oil
      Cannabis threatens their profit margin and they would rather see your children rot in jail than do the right thing.

  • Mart1963

    Dumbing down society one country at a time, more dope creates more dopes, more mentally health problems and destroys the potential of the young, too many brain dead LSD hippies in government.

    • grandpaguam

      Exactly Mart1963! There are many good reasons why marijuana is (and should remain) illegal. In 2001 British Columbia, Canada legalized “medical” marijuana and this led to an increase in “recreational” marijuana to the extent that the government stopped enforcing anti-marijuana laws. Inevitably this has led (for many reasons) to the increased consumption of harder drugs with a resulting increase in addiction and an increase in deaths from overdose. Now about 4 people a day are dying from drug overdoses (mostly heroin/fentanyl) in B.C. This all started with “medical” marijuana in 2001. The U.N. knows what it is talking about.

      • FlunkedAgain

        grandpaguam wrote: “There are many good reasons why marijuana is (and should remain) illegal. ”

        What are they?

        • grandpaguam

          For one thing it damages the brain and affects short-term memory, so read the article again and try to remember the reasons they give (unless you’ve already smoked too much dope and your short-term memory is gone for good).

          • FlunkedAgain

            Carl Sagan was a proponent of Marijuana.

            What was wrong with his brain, and short term memory?

            “”
            “Cannabis brings us an awareness that we spend a lifetime being trained to overlook and forget and put out of our minds.”

            — Carl Sagan

            http://highexistence.com/carl-sagans-profound-essay-on-why-cannabis-consciousness-is-desperately-needed-in-this-mad-and-dangerous-world/

          • grandpaguam

            Carl Sagan is dead. He (like Bob Marley who died at the age of 38) died from an unusual type of cancer probably caused by the chemicals in marijuana. Many marijuana users die from cancer. Carl Sagan was a celebrity and good at self-promotion but he was academically criticized for poor scholarship and Harvard never saw him fit enough to receive tenure. So what was wrong with his brain and short term memory? It was damaged by marijuana use.

          • FlunkedAgain

            Grow up, and mind your own business.
            Freedom means you have a Right to make your own decisions, even bad ones.

          • grandpaguam

            So at least we agree that using marijuana is a bad decision.

          • FlunkedAgain

            Reading Comprehension isn’t your strong suit.

          • PhatB01

            No, you’re the bad decision because we don’t want to even read your bullshit any more. You’re one funny liar bullshit artist.

          • 360dunk

            Dr. Grampa, Bob Marley died from complications of a malignant melanoma in his foot. You saying it was ‘probably caused by chemicals in marijuana’ is beyond stupid, even for you.

          • grandpaguam

            Because he was dark skinned he had low susceptibility to melanoma. He wore shoes and so the likelihood that melanoma (which started under his big toenail) was caused by sunlight is highly improbable. This melanoma spread throughout his body at a very alarming rate and he was killed by a large tumor in his brain. The only explanation for this is the large number of carcinogenic chemicals that are found in marijuana smoke. There are many other cases of pot smokers dying from cancer.

          • PhatB01

            Then what is the cause of melanoma? Isn’t it from too much sunlight exposure??? Don’t tell us it’s from smoking pot otherwise I would also have melanoma and I hardly go out in the sun because it’s too hot. You’re full of bullshit.

          • Jacek R

            Grandpaguam, most of the Jamaicans (other than office personnel) who I met when I was down there were wearing sandals, or walked barefoot. So what do you think is the logic behind allowing alcohol (liver poison) or American made tobacco to remain legal? We have lawmakers who can change those laws. If they are really concerned, why do you think they are not changing them, making those two potentially deadly substances illegal?

          • PhatB01

            Explain what a carcinogen is and what are the common denominators of a carcinogen

          • PhatB01

            Do you know that marijuana prevents cancer according to studies and research done? Most these new companies investing in marijuana have pharmacists, doctors, biologists, chemists, researching for cures and benefits of marijuana. You’re in this blog leafly.com and you have not even read anything about the benefits and cures that marijuana gives or are you just ignorant and can’t read. These medical companies have invested millions of dollars already

          • FlunkedAgain

            “Cannabis brings us an awareness that we spend a lifetime being trained to overlook and forget and put out of our minds.”

            — Carl Sagan

            Carl Sagan had a Damaged Brain?

          • grandpaguam

            Carl Sagan is dead. He died from a terrible cancer (just like Bob Marley, another marijuana consumer who died at the age of 38). The chemicals in marijuana have killed a lot of people by the cancers they cause. Sagan was a celebrity and good at self-promotion but his academic record is controversial and Harvard felt he wasn’t good enough a scholar to ever receive tenure.

          • grandpaguam

            Totally! He has been brain dead since 1996.

          • Turner Kayston

            Since I can’t post the link to YouTube, look at video v=XFu8W3DqXVg 27m34s in… Cannabis does not damage the brain, alcohol does.

            Video: Prof David Nutt at the 2015 Science Festival
            Channel: EdSciFest

          • grandpaguam

            There Is no question that alcohol damages the brain and has a very bad effect on individuals and on society. Alcohol is also the “gateway” drug to marijuana use. I don’t think there is any dope smoker who didn’t first start with alcohol. Alcohol consumption is bad that is why I do not touch it. Marijuana use is even worse. I observed its damage to the brain and its adverse effect on people in college long ago and since then I have seen how it has impacted careers and lives. Alcohol is bad and dope is worse.

          • Turner Kayston

            “Marijuana use is even worse.”
            How so and using what objective metrics?

            “I observed its damage to the brain and its adverse effect on people in college long ago and since then I have seen how it has impacted careers and lives.”
            Did you do an autopsy on their brain? What other factors did you consider in this study, and where has it been published?

          • PhatB01

            And where did you get that assumption that marijuana is worse? How did you get to that conclusion? Explain with real examples?

          • 360dunk

            A fully developed brain is not damaged by cannabis, as has been proven over and over. All you’re doing here is spouting opinion, not fact. Your opinion is not scientific at all and has no merit. Care to cite some legitimate sources or are you just spewing nonsense?

          • grandpaguam
          • PhatB01

            Really? Damm no wonder I’m a Network system administrator. Because I smoke pot??? What do you do, old timer? I know lots of people who smoke weed from electrical / electronic engineers, high school teachers, lawyers, nurses, optometrists, pre med doctors, dentists, etc etc. Try to explain where you got this idea that pot makes you dumber or stupider than you already are. Where do you get all this useless information??? Not everyone believes in your nonsense.

          • PhatB01

            Really??? So now you believe everything you read including articles written by liars and incompetent poser wannabes??? Ever know the meaning of “gullible”??? Does ” ignorance” ever mean anything to you?? Anyone can write anything on the internet, claim to have such and such credentials from various academic institutions and recognized organizations but who are you to believe it to be true???? Unless you know them PERSONALLY and have seen them in person. In the pharmaceutical industry, same is done as industrial espionage to make false claims or lies about some competitor in order to push their product. Pharmaceutical companies say negative things about marijuana otherwise they would lose millions of dollars if no one buys their product as a cure or remedy for a certain ailment or disease like epilepsy, glaucoma, Parkinson’s, or multiple sclerosis, lupus, etc.

          • PhatB01

            Make that argument with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a well respected American Neurosurgeon. He’s the expert with brain matters. Let’s see if you win that argument because even Dr. Sanjay Gupta admitted that he was wrong about marijuana. Go look it up

          • grandpaguam

            Yeah, Gupta admits he “tried” dope. Marijuana messed his brain up too. No matter how smart you are, the effects of pot are the same. It destroys judgement. It makes people stupid. That’s why its called “dope”.

          • PhatB01

            Oh really…. I’ll name a few more people to shock your ignorant brain — Bill Gates did not admit but said he took LSD in his mid twenties and backed legislation to make marijuana legal, Steve Jobs smoke weed. You know steve jobs of Apple. So did Sir Richard Branson CEO of Virgin Airlines and Virgin Records. Mark Zuckenberg smoked pot (owner of facebook) . You’re the idiot who keeps insisting it harms the brain. And who are you to say that. You smarter than a neurosurgeon? A brain surgeon? Who said that Dr. Sanjay Gupta messed his brain? He did not say he tried “dope”. He said he tried “weed” which is the more accepted terminology for marijuana. There are other terminologies like kush, haze, kronik, pot, ghanja, etc. Are you a brain surgeon? Who is the doctor who examined Dr. Sanjay and gave that prognosis? You must be on some type of psychedelic drug to think you’re smarter than everyone. Are you hallucinating? Yeah, as if you’re smarter than these people. You’re doing nothing whacking off to porn, old man and think you’re smarter? You can’t even make a quarter of the fortune these moguls make in your whole lifetime. Truth of the matter is you’re a loser and keep insisting you’re smarter? In fact you’re dumb and stupid. If you are really smart you won’t even waste peoples time arguing about marijuana. So what? If you don’t like it then shut up. It’s none of your concern or business if people like using marijuana for their own purpose. It’s not illegal anymore and it’s freely available legally. Go back watching porn and jerk off because your lifetime will be ending soon enough that people who smoke weed won’t be reading your horseshit about marijuana. You don’t like it, then don’t use it. No one forces anybody to smoke pot in this forum. We’re all free thinkers and free spirits here. People won’t listen to you anyways. Good riddance to you granpa. Marijuana is still here to stay even when you’re dead and gone. Have a nice time time in hell, you loser.

      • Cowtown

        Great point! Just like drinking milk leads to becoming an alcoholic – its a fact that almost all alcoholics started with milk, we should therefor ban milk!

      • Ross Frisken

        LOL…. wow just wow…that’s all I can say to this drivel. Keep drinking the “cool aid” brother….. 😛

      • Rainey

        Reading over the many posts by (and regarding) grandpaguam, I’ve decided we’re the target of a Russian Troll!! Hi, grandpaguam! How’s the weather in Moscow? Bundle up warm, now — y’all have at least a couple of months until Spring.
        Oh, and give our best to Vlad, Fearless Leader of All the Russias. That’s “Vlad”. You remember him… the guy who signs your paychecks.

        • Zizzle

          oh come on, man, Occam’s Razor points to grandpaguam being just another all-American tee-totaller. No need to invoke conspiracy lol

          • Rainey

            Darn! And I was going to practice the Russian I learned watching The Americans. Well, there goes my education.

      • PhatB01

        And you know what you’re talking about? Duh??????

    • FlunkedAgain

      What did you get on Your SAT Exam? Were You qualified for Ivy League Colleges?

      Were you ever at the Top of Your class in any subject? Have you ever been labeled a Genius?

      • grandpaguam

        What are you talking about? “FlunkedAgain” your reply to Mart1963! makes no sense. Did dope ruin your brain so much that you can’t see how your nickname works against you?

        • FlunkedAgain

          When were You ever neaar the Top of any Class?

          • grandpaguam

            All the time. Maybe that is why I am smart enough to stay away from dope.

          • Turner Kayston

            “All the time. Maybe that is why I am smart enough to stay away from dope.”

            Probably typing that with one hand, and a beer in the other…

          • grandpaguam

            No Turner. I do not drink alcohol and I always type with 2 hands.

          • PhatB01

            I jack off with two hands and smoke weed with one hand. How’s that for a comeback???

          • 360dunk

            But you’re not smart enough to let others make their own personal life choices without attempting to guilt them.

          • PhatB01

            Being dope doesn’t equate to being stupid or dumb. You don’t know much for sure. I’ve met a lot of educated people. Professionals who smoke pot because I’ve partied with them. From engineers, teachers, doctors, lawyers, chiropractors, optometrists, nurses, plumbers, I.T. Professionals, chefs, psychology majors in college, etc. Some were friends, schoolmates in college, neighbors, workmates, etc. Just because people smoke weed does not mean we are all idiots or dumb. You assume things that are the furthest from the truth. Stick that into you brain, einstein.

          • PhatB01

            You’re smart enough to wash dishes, Einstein.

          • Zizzle

            I was given an award for “Outstanding Graduate, Chemistry Major” by the ACS. I consumed cannabis daily – evenings only – the entire time I was earning my “top of the class” degree. I’ll challenge any naysayer here to an applied calculus competition! Show me all your Hamiltonians!

            I graduated HS in 3rd quartile and didn’t consume cannabis then. Sure, just one anecdote, but it flies up in your face. Cannabis doesn’t make you stupid; how many times do we need to bring up Carl Sagan?

          • FlunkedAgain

            Congratulations. I was addressing the guy from guam who is against all drugs, and claims that druggies are all losers.

          • PhatB01

            Or Dr. Sanjay Gupta???

      • PhatB01

        He thinks he’s smarter than Dr. Sanjay Gupta, an american neurosurgeon.

    • MyNameIsTaken

      Educate yourself on the benefits and harms that come from marijuana use, then give us your opinion. You do not have to like something, but giving an uneducated opinion does you no justice.

      • Mart1963

        I can’t believe how many pot heads are on these sites, your telling me you seriously can not search up the mental health problems associated with marijuana usage, that pot head parents bring up pot head unemployable kids because their drive to be more then they are have been killed off with their dope usage.

        I can accept it may be too later for you to change but you want to shove this onto the upcoming generation because by making it legal it will be everywhere and they will be affected by this either directly or indirectly. Get your head out of the pot head utopia cloud your in and come back to reality.

        • Zizzle

          If you were part of the fledgling cannabis industry, you would observe how incredibly false that gross generalization is. Despite excessive taxation, extreme difficulties with business loans, and hilariously incompetent regulators, Washington’s legal cannabis industry is booming – and its all via the blood, sweat, and tears of tireless entrepreneurs. That’s resulted in a measured decrease in the size of the black market, hundreds of millions of $$$ in state tax revenue, and thousands of new jobs. The stigma of “do-nothing potheads” is responsible for more public harm than cannabis use ever has been. Additionally, your entire comment is ad hominem directed at a group and devoid of content, and I only responded to specify several challenges that those outside the industry do not know.

          Cannabis is not a harmless drug; that doesn’t mean it’s harms are’t measurably smaller than those for every legal intoxicant. Responsible use of cannabis (that’s a thing) greatly minimizes – or eliminates – the negative risks associated with its use. Legalization and real research (not handled entirely by SAMHSA or NIDA, etc.) are necessary to outline how cannabis should and should not be used for safety and medical efficacy. Bashing the “reefer madness” cymbals gets us absolutely nowhere.

    • 360dunk

      LSD and hippies were common in the 1960s and 70s, which makes them anything BUT young. And what does LSD have to do with marijuana? Answer: nothing at all. One does not lead to the other, no more than smoking a joint leads to meth addiction or drinking a beer leads to alcoholism.

      Then you go on to accuse people of being dopes, yet there you are saying ‘mentally health problems’. Mentally health problems? LOL, okay….thanks for the chuckle.

    • PhatB01

      You mean to say Dr. Sanjay Gupta is wrong????? You’re another moron trying to spew horseshit here. Don’t tell me you’re smarter than a well known neuro surgeon like Dr. Sanjay Gupta. You’re horse manure compared to him.

  • C Gosnell

    Cannabis will be freed in my lifetime and there is NOTHING ANYONE can do! 😀

    • Turner Kayston

      That might depend on your definition of ‘free’ though. 😉

  • DAC

    And what is the UN take on tobacco? Highly addictive and a known carcinogen, but it is legal. Heck, we subsidize and support tobacco growers here in the USA. Did they have anything to say about the USA doctors and the medical establishment pushing and profiting from opioids? How about alcohol? There are plenty of societal issues with abuse of alcohol. Cannabis has none of the issues these substances have. Persons who have abuse issues with cannabis would be abusing something else; don’t blame the cannabis. The USA basically strong-armed the world and UN into this treaty back in 1960. There is plenty on the record showing that the strong push to criminalize cannabis was for political purposes to be used against those of certain races and polical views. I think that the composition of the UN panel to include pharma interests tells it all; it is about control of the rights to make money. Cannabis is out there, being used, and the sky has not fallen in states where it is legal; it is being used everywhere, legal or not, and the sky has not fallen due to weed. In areas where it is legal in the USA, opioid issues have dropped. I have a neurolo-muscular condition and there is nothing from big pharma that can fix it; but they would happily “medicate” me anyway. I get relief from a little cannabis. I can grow my own and I know it is free of pesticides and fungicides. I eat a small pinch at night to control cramps. I’m no more addicted than someone who takes ibuprophen (or worse) several times a day; it is medicine that serves a purpose. Israel and the Brits have been more enlightened and been engaged in medical research. GW-Pharma has patented and approved “medicines” – extracts of single compounds and such – and is seeking (and will probably get) approval in the USA. It is not like heroin, meth, etc. How are we still having this conversation?????

    • Turner Kayston

      Great comment!

      On a side note, I believe that at the time of the UN doing this naively, acquiescent and idiotic move, that the UK had said ‘flip you’ to the UN for heroin, because they still see and use the medicinal value of it. Please do correct me if I’m wrong though…

      I think I read about that in the book by David Nutt (UK’s ex-drugs adviser), “drugs without the hot air” – a great read.

      This is also worth checking (and the UN should see this) if you can find the PDF, slides or even the lecture on this subject:

      Drug harms in the UK: a multicriteria decision analysis:
      DOI:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)61462-6

      They wanted to do this study in the USA, Canada and elsewhere too.

      • PhatB01

        Try to research how many deaths caused by alcohol induced operators of other vehicles like trains, boats, cruise ships, tug boats, speed boats, airplanes. Go watch the movie Flight with Denzel Washington based on a true story about an airline pilot who was an alcoholic. That train crash in europe that killed many passengers by a train operator by increasing the speed of the train or the cruise liner that was being operated by a drunk operator of the ship. Not every accident is by a car. There are lots of stories to be exposed to put the blame more on alcohol than marijuana.

        • grandpaguam

          That is because more people use alcohol than marijuana. This is because alcohol is legal. If marijuana becomes legal more people will use it and the accident rate from marijuana will surpass that of alcohol. Both are poisons that affect the brain and do a lot of damage. Stay away from both alcohol and pot and you will be happy and healthy. Like me.

          • PhatB01

            Even Dr. Sanjay Gupta said in his research, there has never been a recorded history of any, I said no recorded history of any death by overdose or caused by marijuana use. That has been over almost 100 years ago. He was reading the records listed in the records of medical history since 1943 and it’s 2018 now. Are you shocked at this discovery? This is why Dr. Gupta said people have been misinformed, misled and misguided over the real facts about marijuana. We were all told lies about about marijuana when they really discovered it’s medical uses and it’s benefits.

          • mikemiracle

            Because it is not a narcotic, Period.

          • PhatB01

            I know and agree. It’s a natural herb plant. No chemicals or toxic substances added to this miracle plant used thousand of years ago to cure certain ailments.

          • PhatB01

            What? Now you’re pushing your horse manure to me? I smoke it when I want. That’s none of your concern or business to interfere with my life or other people’s life. Comprende? Who are you? My teacher? My mother? Mind your own business. Surpass accidents caused by alcohol? That’s almost 100 years of historic recorded years and people have been smoking pot. It was made illegal in 1970 after Nixon (of all the dishonest people, they listen to this lying president) ask the DEA to add marijuana it’s classification as Schedule 1, the most restrictive and highest drug on the list of illegal substances. And yet there has never been a record of any death or accident caused by marijuana use since 1943 So that disproves and debunks your theory that making it legal would increase the accident rate. Seriously, you’re a loser.

          • mikemiracle

            LOL, brainwashed much? Pot is non-narcotic, not unlike aspirin, want to try that again? Which industry do you represent? Oil, Pharma, or Liquor?

            All of them see this innocuous non-narcotic as a threat to their industries.

      • Simon Osen

        What else can they do if the international agreement clearly states Scientific and religious use is the only form allowed? They need a New UN document will change this limitation. But strong interests act against this.

        • mikemiracle

          Then as a Christian, I demand my rights:

          Genesis 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is
          on the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit
          of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

          • Simon Osen

            Then you have some court battles to win.

    • grandpaguam

      DAC what you say is stupid. We all know alcohol and tobacco are bad. So don’t consume them. Marijuana is worse. Look at the state of places such as Jamaica, West Africa and Nepal where marijuana use has been widespread for a long, long time. They are messed up big time. Even worse than places that have tobacco and alcohol use. So don’t consume any of them. And if you think “Big Tobacco” and “Big Alcohol” are liars that willingly destroy people’s lives to make money, you haven’t seen anything yet. “Big Marijuana” is far, far worse. Most of the misinformation propagated in this thread was started by the “Big Marijuana” cartel.

      • Alan McLemore

        “Marijuana is worse”??

        Hey, your psychiatrist called. He’s very disappointed that you’ve stopped taking your medicine. He says take a double dose of Thorazine NOW, and go to the nearest emergency room. Remember: You promised to quit listening to those voices in your head. Now take your medicine and go get help IMMEDIATELY.

        • grandpaguam

          Yes, Alan McLemore, marijuana is worse. Marijuana use can cause paranoia, delusions and hallucinations in people who don’t already have a mental illness, even in small doses (as your bizarre post demonstrates). That is why marijuana is illegal but booze is not. https://www.sane.org/mental-health-and-illness/facts-and-guides/cannabis-and-psychotic-illness

          • PhatB01

            That’s also why millions of people die from alcohol induced drunk people operating a motor vehicle whether it’s a car, a boat, a ship, a train or a jumbo jet. And obviously these people do not smoke pot because they are just like you who drink alcohol liberally.

          • grandpaguam

            PhatB01, I don’t drink alcohol at all. I have stated that several times in this thread. Anyone who has been reading my posts should know that, unless they have cognitive problems and short-term memory difficulties. Maybe you should lay off the weed?

          • PhatB01

            You don’t drink alcohol at all, ok. What gives you the right or authority to tell us that marijuana is worse than alcohol? What scientific explanation can you give us? Where did you get these conclusions? How did you know personally? Have you tried both to give you your explanation to your answer? Because you read it somewhere? So you believe what was written in an article or book? Who was this person or the author of this article? And to you, this is a bona-fide person who published his or her article or book??? What are his or her credentials? Is this a real person? Well known or recognized for past achievements??? You’re full of lies. No one believes you nor wants to hear your horseshit stories.

          • mikemiracle

            Yeah gramps, lets ruin someones life for smoking pot, the most harmless non narcotic drug in the world.

            IN fact, making pot illegal violates our founding documents ensuring the pursuit of happiness since it is NON NARCOTIC.

          • 360dunk

            Either that, or maybe your posts are so absurd and laughable that nobody remembers all the details. Basically, all I see in you is a clueless buffoon who pretends he knows something about cannabis. Trust me, you don’t know jack sh*t.

          • mikemiracle

            Please. Booze has ruined more lives and caused more deaths than the plague. Not one single death from pot.

        • 360dunk

          Gramps is beyond help, stuck in his old ways. Like so many others his age, he’s been programmed to believe marijuana is dangerous. Back then, it was easy to hoodwink an unknowing public so his lack of wisdom is common. I don’t fault him for being dense, the entire nation was misled as well. Instead, I’ll give credit to younger and smarter people like you for thinking on your own. Your generation is what’s making modern civilization open its eyes and change its tune regarding the plant, not his. You’re in the advanced smart phone world while he’s still working with a Princess rotary phone. As his generation dies off, yours advances. (disclosure: I’m also old as dirt….just not programmed as Gramps to accept false narratives).

          • Alan McLemore

            Well said! –Except I’ve been smoking pot for nearly 50 years now, and am well into Social Security age. Otherwise right on, man [:-{D>

          • 360dunk

            Then you and I are perfect examples of how cannabis does NOT lead to heroin or brain damage. We’ve been toking for decades, yet still have our wits about us. Like me, you probably never, ever had the desire to shoot heroin or smoke meth. Never even CONSIDERED trying dangerous opioids. The gateway theory is pure hogwash. Hogwash for those who are brainwashed.

          • Alan McLemore

            Right you are. I’ve been a cannabis relegalization activist since the Shafer Commission exposed Nixon’s drugwar lies in ’72. In my long life I’ve seen many of my friends and acquaintances get old and die before their time because of the officially-sanctioned poisons alcohol and tobacco. Yet on and on I go, drug-free (cannabis is an herb, not a drug), beating the odds every year.

            I tell you, this last few years has been a dream for me. Ten years ago I thought I’d die without ever seeing legal cannabis in my beloved homeland. But now it’s coming true, thanks to many like yourself who are willing to be loud and proud about our cannabis love.

            Peace, man. Keepin’ our eyes on the prize [:-{D>

          • mikemiracle

            I am 64 and I know better than to say Marijuana is dangerous. Its not even a narcotic for petes sake.

        • grandpaguam

          https://www.sane.org/mental-health-and-illness/facts-and-guides/cannabis-and-psychotic-illness Marijuana use causes delusions and psychosis. Your bizarre posting confirms this.

          • Zizzle

            Sorry grandpaguam, we’re all feeding the troll (you) by continuing to respond. Tee-totalers like yourself tend to have a worldview that looks down on any intoxicant use as stupid, immoral, etc. I have never understood this. Do you eat foods with added sugar? https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/experts-is-sugar-addictive-drug How about coffee?

            Broadly, in the animal kingdom, substance use for intoxication is considered a reflection of intelligence. More intelligent animals consume “recreational drugs” more often than less intelligent animals. Call it “novelty-seeking”. http://www.animalcognition.org/2015/05/16/animal-drug-use/

            The risks associated between cannabis use and psychosis are well-understood to be much more associated with genetic predisposition and environment/experience besides cannabis use. In fact, the most current research suggests the association between schizophrenia and habitual use of psychoactive drugs is more a result of the underlying neurology of schizophrenia than anything else. The implication is that some cannabinoids – like CBD – may be effective, novel treatments for schizophrenia, and that cannabis self-medication may be somewhat effective (though not sustainable): https://www.psychiatryadvisor.com/schizophrenia-and-psychoses/cannabis-and-schizophrenia-trigger-or-treatment/article/399675/2/

            Alcohol withdrawal can be lethal: https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/alcohol-abuse/withdrawal-detox/#gref (symptoms include hallucinations)

            Nicotine and heroin are comparable in addictiveness: http://www.councilonchemicalabuse.org/ndfw-nicotine-vs-heroin.html

            These are two links that illustrate exactly why your assertion that “Marijuana is worse” than alcohol and tobacco is factually inaccurate. Sure, there are risks associated with cannabis use that are basically absent with other drugs of abuse – the facts support this. BUT, Cannabis use lacks nearly all of the “drugs of abuse” risks most people think of, like physical/chemical addiction, irrational aggression, lethal overdose, severe bodily harm, cancer rates, and severe behavioral dependence with resulting social problems. Cannabis has never been shown by a reputable study to be chemically addictive – rather, cannabis is considered by most medical professionals to be psychologically addictive, like video games, shopping, and high-risk sports.

            Bottom line: cannabis is not a harmless drug, but its harms are measurably very small compared to basically every legal drug. Those harms can be minimized or eliminated with the use of certain cannabis strains and certain modes of administration.

            Lastly, your initial comments asserting valuations on places that have decriminalized / legalized cannabis use for adults are sadly shallow and ill-informed. Jamaica, West Africa (specificity please?) and Nepal have historically been regions contested by foreign powers – especially true with Nepal. The political instability in many places in Africa is not in any way related to cannabis use – to assert otherwise is purely asinine, and indicates your lack of familiarity with the facts.

            To tie it all up: I consume cannabis oil almost daily, and my IQ has never fallen below 140. You can call me delusional and psychotic all you want, and you would be factually incorrect. Please consider changing your worldview to a more complete one that incorporates the facts I’ve presented to you.

          • mikemiracle

            Character assassination does not improve your illogical arguments

      • 360dunk

        Gramps, the use of marijuana in Jamaica and West Africa is why those countries are ‘messed up big time’??? Ebola, civil unrest, and Boko Haram attacks proliferate in West Africa but weed is why the country is in shambles? Your twisted logic makes zero sense. Then again, you obviously have no knowledge of the subject whatsoever.

        • Kelvin Smith

          Right on. Oil has been the “problem” in Africa…not marijuana

      • PhatB01

        Marijuana worse???? You’re joking. Alcoholics has many called alcoholic anonymous. No one has ever died from marijuana abuse or using too much but plenty died from alcohol abuse, alcohol poisoning and drunk driving which kills millions of people every year world wide not just in the United States and not just by cars or buses / trucks but also by those operating a high speed train, a boat, speed boat, ships, or airlines / jumbo jets. Go watch Flight with Denzel Washington. Try to do more research into the subject. Alcohol was even once prohibited from 1920 to 1933 and gangsters, mobsters all profited from bootlegging as well as speakeasies during that era. Decades have already passed and your excuse that we haven’t seen anything yet??? Marijuana is far far safer than alcohol. I have been smoking pot for 40 years and have no cancer whatsoever since I have a medical check up every year. Blood tests, urine tests done yearly. So what’s up oldtimer?

      • Sopro Blyno

        Big Marijuana cartel? Do you have a phone number? Tobacco kills 6 million a year. No recorded deaths from cannabis in over 10,000 years. So, yeah, I guess cannabis is far far worse than big tobacco.
        You are aware that the three bigs — Pharma, tobacco, booze — have all entered the cannabis industry with what they all love best: big money. There’s no turning back, now that those three demons have ponied up.

      • mikemiracle

        BS, Marijuana is NON Narcotic. Look that up before you start your panic attack. So you work for or own stock in one of the big 3 industries that pay to jail our young people for smoking pot. Liquor, Oil, or Pharma, which is it?

    • mikemiracle

      Marijuana is NON-Narcotic, enough said. No one has the right to restrict liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the U.S.
      The same political machine that purports to say that Hillary Clinton is not a criminal, espouses the dangers of marijuana

      that do not exist.

  • ANK

    If things keep going as they are now, pretty soon the whole world will be living under the influence of some mind-altering substances. Living high it will be much easier to push the button & blow the earth out of the solar system!

  • Michael Defillo

    What about alcohol? What is it’s purpose? I will take cannabis any day over alcohol. Alcohol KILLS!

    • grandpaguam

      What? Who says you have to do either? I don’t drink alcohol and I don’t consume pot. They are both bad.

      • 360dunk

        And that’s your prerogative, Gramps. Just don’t try to guilt someone for enjoying things that YOU don’t enjoy. Good grief, mister….ever hear of ‘freedom of choice’???

      • PhatB01

        I smoke pot and approaching 60 but have no health issues except diabetes and glaucoma in my left eye which is why I smoke pot a little bit for my glaucoma and anxiety issues

      • PhatB01

        If they are both bad then why does the government allow one but deny the other??

      • mikemiracle

        Who says you have the right to ruin someones life because they choose to smoke pot?

        Maybe a dictatorship is more your style.

  • Anthony

    Yawn. The UN has no power and these warnings are meaningless. Uruguay legalized five years ago and the sky hasn’t fallen. Find a new pearl to clutch.

  • Paula Fernandez

    LOL, we should have abolished the UN decades ago. It’s a haven for pedophiles, dictators, criminals, communists etc. It serves no useful purpose, unlike cannabis.

  • Alan McLemore

    Corruption everywhere. This line says it all: “The Board’s charter also stipulates, however, that it must include
    individuals with ‘medical, pharmacological or pharmaceutical
    experience.’ That means Big Pharma is well represented, while advocates
    for cannabis legalization—whether medical or adult-use—have no seat at
    the table.” In other words: Thieving corporations get to protect their criminal behavior, but ordinary people do not have the right to use a beneficial plant. Business as usual, in other words. But the times they are a-changin’, and the criminals will not win on this issue.

    • PhatB01

      The same way they also did to alcohol? It was run by mobsters even after prohibition was gone. Why do you think Las Vegas was where they allowed it legally. Sin city as it’s called.

  • MyNameIsTaken

    This U.N. treaty was created in 1961, or roughly 56 years ago. The world has moved on to modern times but the U.N. Council appears to be stuck in the 60’s by calling marijuana a narcotic drug, which last I knew, it was not. Today, there are medical uses for marijuana that are constantly being discovered, which proves there are true legitimate uses for this healing plant.

    One would think there are better uses for this so called United Nations time than to police the world by using decades old outdated logic about a plant they appear to have no understanding of. They ignore genocide in African Nations and the Middle East, where their forces could be put to good use rather than trying to control the use of a mostly harmless plant.

    It is time for this United Nations to take their heads out of the sand and see the rest of the world has moved past these draconian times when it comes to the use and manufacture of marijuana.

    • grandpaguam

      No, shills for “Big Marijuana” make false claims about the medical properties of cannabinoids etc. but marijuana has no true medicinal value. “Medical” marijuana has been legal in British Columbia, Canada since 2001 yet no professional medical organization endorses it and very few physicians prescribe it. The only result of this legalization has been “recreational” marijuana use getting out of control, followed by a huge increase in opioid addiction and subsequent overdose deaths. The U.N. knows what it is talking about.

      • Zizzle

        Research on cannabis for medical properties is generally shunned world-wide, with only a few nations picking up the pace fairly recently. It has taken a much more liberal legal approach to cannabis – adult-use legalization – to quell the stigma among researchers and provide the legal avenues for such research.

        That stigma – that cannabis has no medical value and is only a harmful and addictive drug – is itself the enemy. The FDA has been echoing the DEA for decades, and this is a de facto absence of medical information because true clinical studies on plant-derived cannabis products are prohibited by the DEA 99 times out of 100. I know some folks who applied for the research license by the book nearly 2 years ago, and have heard no substantive reply.

        Basically, medical data is thin because the DEA and their counterparts elsewhere in the world don’t allow research. Only recently is this really changing.

      • mikemiracle

        LOL, the same doctors that nurse cancer and bill you until you die are the ones handing opioids out like candy are the reason.

        And under Trump some may get the death penalty.

  • 360dunk

    “…state and national policies provided a gateway for drug traffickers.”

    No way, U.N. Making the plant legal REDUCES drug trafficking. The only way for the average citizen to legally purchase cannabis is at a dispensary, where the highly regulated industry tracks it from seed to sale. Furthermore, your foolish mention of a 1961 anti-pot edict is completely irrelevant at this point since no studies or health benefits were available back then. Nowadays, only the poorly informed are that ignorant to believe there are no medicinal benefits from marijuana and that it’s a dangerous drug. This is just pure stupidity from the United Nations, an organization that should focus more on human rights abuse, not freedom of choice.

    • grandpaguam

      No. The black market in marijuana has not decreased at all in Oregon, Colorado, B.C, etc. Also no bona-fide medical organization endorses “medical” marijuana.

      • PhatB01

        No bona-fide medical organization? That’s a crock of lies you’re spreading there. There are plenty of medical organizations and professionals in canada that can prove you’re wrong. Go ask Dr. Sanjay Gupta and read what he says about medical marijuana.

      • 360dunk

        According to Arcview Market Research’s latest study on the nation’s cannabis industry, Colorado had the smallest rate of black-market cannabis transactions by far compared to other states, at just 27 percent of total spending.

        According to the Denver Post, there’s ample evidence that state-level legalization has cut into the profits of Mexican cartels that used to dominate the marijuana trade, and largely put local black market dealers out of business.

        According to granpaguam, the black market in Colorado ‘has not decreased at all’.

        It’s safe to conclude that granpaguam is spewing false information and has no idea what he’s talking about.

      • PhatB01

        That’s NOT what Dr. Sanjay Gupta said. He’s a well known American Neurosurgeon and medical reporter at CNN. Isn’t he qualified enough to be a bona-fide medical expert to endorse “medical” marijuana? Go look for his reviews of the subject. It’s all over the internet. And this is the guy you need to worry because he’s going to prove you’re wrong. He’s a well respected known neurosurgeon. Do you know what a neurosurgeon is? Something to do with the brain, right??? Wake up grampa, you’re getting too old to be smarter than a neurosurgeon. One thing is this, Dr. Sanjay Gupta is 1,000 times smarter than you so it means you’re blabbing away nothing but horseshit here.

  • Jacek R

    Somebody ought to tell the UN that cannabis is not a narcotic.

    • grandpaguam

      But it is.

      • PhatB01

        It is not. It is a herbal cure for many ailments.

      • Jacek R

        There are cultures and systems of medicine that merely viewed it as a healing medicine for well over a thousand years. This country isn’t even three hundred years old. Even in this country it was a medicine up to the early 1900’s. Then corrupt politicians (Nixon and a few others) put it on the danger list and falsely demonized it. As soon as the corporate thieves get all their ducks in a row legal wise, it will become A-OK. Just think about it. If it were legalized today the pharmaceutical industry would take a hit The same goes for alcohol and tobacco. You know that their lobbyists are fighting hard to keep it demonized and falsely labeled.

        A couple of years ago, I met a man who was partners in a lab working with cannabis in a legal state. At the time, he told me they were in negotiations with a major pharmaceutical company that was trying to buy them out.

      • mikemiracle

        You sir have lost it. It is not a narcotic, and if you believe it is, perhaps you should stop listening to whoever is lying to you.

      • mikemiracle

        ok, its official, you’re an idi*t.

  • farmerlion

    All is over monopolizing cannabis. We will fight for years to grow our own. The quality at state licensed grows is terrible. Not as in chemicals and pesticides, but in genetics quality . The fastest-growing and maturing cannabis , isn’t the best for treating anything. As long as licenses and fees for growing space is astronomical in price. We will never have true quality . Not to worry though. Home growing is getting more popular among home owners. And the licensed facilities can keep their over priced low quality ditch weed.

  • lovingc

    Derogation is a very lose use of the word the UN is not a law making organization. There is no international law and never should be! The roll of cannabis has morphed over the years.The view of cannabis as a dangerous drug is a ancient attitude. The reality is that it is a valuable medicine and a mild intoxicant even though it is not toxic at all.There are no recorded deaths due to cannabis use alone, ever! Your arguments are not supported by facts and your fear is unfounded.This organization the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board is out dated and should be abolished.

    • grandpaguam

      lovingc says: “view of cannabis as a dangerous drug is a ancient attitude” This is true, since ancient times it has been known that marijuana is a dangerous drug that intoxicates the brain, causes delusional thinking, affects judgement in a bad way, creates dependency and often leads to use and addiction to harder drugs. This is why it is and should remain illegal.

      • FlunkedAgain

        Since you claim to have never tried it, how can you be so sure that the it causes the conditions you listed?

        Define “intoxicates the brain”, and “delusional thinking”.

        If it leads to addiction to harder drugs, how do you explain the difference in the number of people who use cannabis and the number who use Heroin or other drugs.?

        Delusional thinking is thinking some god created Light on Day 1, and shadows on Day 4.

      • lovingc

        The word ancient was used indicating that it was out of date. Cannabis is one of the safest herbs in the pharmacopoeia. The US government has patents on it. Your ideas are ignorant and uninformed.
        Alcohol is toxic tobacco is toxic, cannabis is not. In all of history no deaths from use have been reported and I am talking thousands of years.Try learning something about the subject before embarrassing yourself again..

        • grandpaguam

          Speaking of out of date. Marijuana was removed from the US Pharmacopeia in 1942, thus losing its remaining mantle of therapeutic legitimacy.

          • Zizzle

            The US government does hold patents on medical cannabis. Here’s one: https://patents.google.com/patent/US6630507B1/en (assignee: US Dept. of HHS)

            Federal gov’t hedging its bets? Using a patent monopoly to quash private endeavors? Just another case of gov’t hypocrisy?

      • PhatB01

        Really??? Why don’t you argue that with a real doctor. Dr. Sanjay Gupta who is a well known American Neurosurgeon and medical reporter for CNN. This guy is more knowledgeable than you, gramps and he himself says that marijuana has a lot of positive benefits for it’s use to cure a lot of ailments. Go research on it and find out if I’m lying.

        • grandpaguam

          Dr. Gupta “tried” marijuana and it messed up his brain too. He used to be smart and now he’s just another pothead.

  • Jacek R

    Despite the opioid crisis and all of the horror stories we are hearing about, notice how very little is getting done to curtail the usage. Oh yeah, politicians are making all kind of sad speeches and big promises. But what is REALLY getting done to stop that epidemic? Cannabis gets a greater demonization, despite the fact that there are no cannabis OD’s. It’s all about the money, and the big pharma corporations and the alcohol and tobacco industry have plenty to spend.

    • Jacek R

      PS – scientists have proven that glyphosate in a weed killer known as “Round Up” causes Hodgkins Lymphoma (cancer). Yet, it’s still legal and sold all over America. Why? Because it’s made by Monsanto. That corporation owns more than half of Congress. AG Jeff Sessions is leaving it alone. This is a corrupt country.

      • Zizzle

        I read a recent research article suggesting that other ingredients in pesticides/herbicides may be responsible for much more harm than previously assumed. The researcher suggested that whole formulations – not just active ingredients – be put through the same rigor that just actives are put through. It may be other common additives in Round-Up that are causing harm, or amplifying the risk that glyphosate itself poses.

    • Zizzle

      Don’t forget that medical researchers are finding that opioid Rx and abuse rates are both lower in states where medical cannabis is legal. That’s a critical anti-Jeff-Sessions data point!

      • Jacek R

        Totally agree, Zizzle. But I’m wondering if Sessions or any of the Big Pharma corporate thieves who are profiting from this opioid epidemic really care to any degree. It seems as though the people they peddle to are addicted to the opioids, and the thieves are addicted to the money they’re making.

  • MV 1967

    On this one the UN is outdated and should get in line with what the word population wants. Totally legal Cannabis regulated no more than tomatoes.

    • grandpaguam

      Cannabis = Tomatoes ? Marijuana messes up the brain big time, as the crazy claim that “Cannabis = Tomatoes” proves.

      • MV 1967

        I am sorry for your ignorance.

  • Jonathan

    So we’re not complying with the mandate of corporate global elitists? How is that a bad thing? The UN is a useless entity with special interests and misplaced priorities. Rather than focus on real global issues they want to legislate bodily autonomy of citizens in develped countries? International drug trafficking exists because of their own prohibitionist policies.

  • Leonard Rann

    I love the term “Narcotics Control Board.” Conflating cannabis and opiates is right out of the 1930’s and reefer madness.

  • mikemiracle

    Marijuana is NON-Narcotic, Try again m*rons.

    • grandpaguam

      Saying it over and over again and maybe you will convince yourself but you won’t convince the U.N.
      Marijuana is a narcotic that damages the brain and creates delusional thinking. That is why it is illegal
      and why the internet is full of bogus information dreamed up by marijuana users who cannot distinguish
      fact from fiction. If you use marijuana you should stop now. If you can’t stop because of its addictive
      properties, please seek help. I care about you.

      • DonHonda

        Thanks for you help going against Mathew Elrod re: “Safe” Injection Sites on Philly.com. His arguments are specious while not answering simple questions that contradict his assertions. You and I did our best. We’re both trying to convince those who are on the fence while Elrod will remain an apologist for SISs and decriminalizing illegal drugs.

  • Ceadda

    The UN shouldn’t be involved in cannabis at all. It’s not something that can be seen as universally good or bad. It’s just something every country should decide for themselves without UN interference.
    But as the US increasingly legalizes, we need to put pressure on the UN to get off the topic of cannabis and respect nation’s sovereign rights to direct their own fate. Times are changing… this isn’t the 1800’s anymore. We know a lot more about cannabis today and how safe it generally is as it is a non-toxic plant.
    The UN must evolve with knowledge and have a basic understanding of science.

  • lastnerve

    The real reason for the UN anti-pot push is the inability to control and profit from it, yet. There may be some truth in
    cannabis users being harder to mind control???